The shoulder is considered by many to be one of the most complicated joints in the body. Fortunately, the physicians at Southern California Orthopedic Institute have unparalleled expertise in the most comprehensive diagnosis and advanced treatment for problems related to the shoulder. Our expert staff treats everything from soreness caused by sports activities to the chronic pain of rotator cuff injury or shoulder arthritis. Under the expert care and guidance of our specialty-trained physicians, all shoulder conditions are addressed utilizing state-of-the-art, reconstructive techniques. In conjunction with our team of physical therapists, our patients receive a continuum of treatment that is unsurpassed in this era of specialized care.
Your elbow is an essential part of your daily life. It allows you to work, play and perform everyday activities. In fact, how well your elbow functions depends entirely on the integrity of the ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones that comprise this all-important joint. At Southern California Orthopedic Institute, our physicians are well trained in the numerous surgical techniques and non-surgical treatment plans designed to restore function and range of motion to patients’ lives. Whether you suffer from years of use or a traumatic injury, a chronic condition or a recent development, you do not have to endure pain or stiffness in your elbow. Our specialty-trained physicians understand the intricate workings of this joint. They have spent years dedicating their practice to the new technology, continuing medical education, and diagnosis and treatment for conditions of the upper extremity. So whether your condition is due to arthritis, a sports injury such as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow, an accident, a work-related injury or a congenital disorder, you can feel confident choosing Southern California Orthopedic Institute for your treatment and care.
Foot & Ankle
Foot and ankle pain is a common disorder. Almost 80% of the population will experience foot pain in their lives. At Southern California Orthopedic Institute, we believe that no one should have to live with pain in their feet. We are trained and equipped to diagnose and treat all problems involving the foot and ankle. We treat people of all ages, for problems such as plantar fasciitis, tendinitis and bunions, as well as serious injuries and disorders. Many foot and ankle problems can be remedied with conservative care, including correctional orthotic devices. For patients with conditions that fail to respond to conservative care, surgical intervention may be necessary. The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Southern California Orthopedic Institute are fellowship-trained. Their expertise and experience will help you through every step of your treatment, whether it be orthotic therapy or corrective surgery.
Foot and ankle surgery includes the treatment of fractures, repair of tendon injuries, correction of deformity, management of ankle instability and bone/cartilage from sports-related injuries, and comprehensive management of heel pain.
Southern California Orthopedic Institute is dedicated to keeping our patients’ feet and ankles in the healthiest condition. Our goal is to relieve patients of chronic pain and to return function and enjoyment to everyday activity.
The spine is literally the supporting structure of the body. It has changed little since we decided to stand on our own two feet. Your spine must allow significant motion during everyday activity such as bending, lifting, looking overhead or even simply shaking your head. When the spine is injured and its function impaired, the consequences can be painful and even disabling. Fortunately, Southern California Orthopedic Institute works with patients and their families to improve the quality of life for patients with spinal disorders through innovative approaches to diagnosis, treatment, research, and patient education. Southern California Orthopedic Institute’s spine surgeons have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all adult and pediatric spinal disorders, including management of cervical, thoracic and lumbar disk herniations, spinal cord compression, spine instability, trauma, tumors, infections and scoliosis. By offering the very latest surgical and non-surgical treatment options for orthopedic injuries and disorders such as osteoporosis, Southern California Orthopedic Institute has become one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive facilities of its kind.
Hand & Wrist
The human hand is very complex and delicate in structure. Hand surgery requires a totally different surgical approach whether treating fractures, arthritis or deformities, and traditionally includes treatment of the entire hand, wrist and forearm. This whole region works as a single unit, and the dysfunction of a single part needs consideration of the whole. An additional year of training (fellowship) is required for those orthopedic surgeons seeking certification in hand surgery. Southern California Orthopedic Institute’s fellowship-trained physicians treat conditions involving the bones, tendons, and muscles of the hands, wrist and forearm. Under their experienced guidance, your recovery will be expertly diagnosed and carefully monitored from start to successful recovery.
Therapy may be necessary for any surgery involving the hand, wrist or elbow. The objective at Southern California Orthopedic Institute is to provide exercise and activities designed to help return the patient to an active, productive lifestyle.
If you are among the millions of Americans experiencing hand and upper extremity problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome each year, finding expert care is all-important. Whether your condition is due to arthritis, a Sports Injuries, an accident, work-related or a congenital disorder, you can feel confident choosing Southern California Orthopedic Institute for your care.
The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. Perhaps you’ve had to give up bicycling. Just getting out of bed in the morning may have become an ordeal, and sitting on the floor to play with your children is out of the question. Whether you’re suffering from a past injury, or from gradual wear and tear of arthritis, knee pain can make it difficult for you to maintain an active lifestyle. The dedicated physicians at Southern California Orthopedic Institute are experts in caring for people with knee pain. From managing medications and physical therapy to the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery (such as knee arthroscopy, cartilage repair and ACL reconstruction)or total knee replacement, our specialists work with you every step of the way to provide the treatment that will restore your quality of life. Southern California Orthopedic Institute has a well-earned reputation for incorporating excellence in orthopedics with complete, individualized care for each patient - outstanding orthopedic care that will help you get back to enjoying the everyday activities of life.
Your hip joint is integral in keeping your body in motion. But when that joint causes you pain, everything you do suffers…playing sports, working in the yard, even the simple act of walking. Our goal at Southern California Orthopedic Institute is to ease your suffering from hip pain and get you back to your normal daily routine. To that end, we offer the most technologically advanced facilities in a relaxing atmosphere of caring, comfort and complete understanding. We provide state-of-the-art care for labral tears and soft tissue injuries as well as bony problems. Using the most modern technology and surgical techniques, which allow for more rapid recovery and longer lasting joint function, the physicians at Southern California Orthopedic Institute are able to restore the joy of movement and truly revitalize lives.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Pain is an unpleasant feeling that lets you know that something may be wrong. It is one of the body’s warning signals that indicate a problem needs attention. Physical medicine specialists, called physiatrists, diagnose and treat people with many different problems, ranging from sports injuries and low back pain to serious neurologic injury such as spinal cord injury and brain injury. Our board-certified physiatrists are specially trained to provide non-surgical treatment for myriad musculoskeletal injuries and disorders as well as pre-surgery care and post-surgery rehabilitation.
The physical medicine and rehabilitation program at Southern California Orthopedic Institute is specifically designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending on the specific type of pain, disease, or condition. The goal of our program is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life – physically, emotionally, and socially.
Pain is also often associated with the Rehabilitation process during recovery from injury or corrective surgery. At Southern California Orthopedic Institute, we also provide a full range of rehabilitative, preventative and performance-enhancing services. Our dedication to patients is evidenced by a commitment to provide the most advanced rehabilitation techniques and methodologies available today. Our programs are specifically designed to integrate personalized rehabilitation services that maximize function and promote well-being in patients of all ages who experience a variety of orthopedic, neurologic, musculoskeletal and degenerative injuries and dysfunction. We also work closely with other orthopedic specialists for possible non-surgical options such as therapy or injections. Our ultimate goal is to return you to optimum health and to help you with normal, pain-free, daily activity.
The sports medicine trained physicians at Southern California Orthopedic Institute offer complete medical care to active people of any age and skill. From the dedicated athlete to the weekend warrior, our goal is to help each individual regain an active lifestyle and to compete in sport at the highest level possible. So, whether you receive an injury playing touch football, running track at school, or in dance class, you should be treated like a professional athlete and at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, you will be. Our state-of-the-art facility cares for all athletic injuries. You will benefit from the expertise of our sports medicine trained physicians who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries due to athletic activity.
Many athletic disorders are treated with arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgical method that utilizes a camera to look inside a joint along with specialized instruments to carry out any necessary surgery in that joint. Other injuries may respond to physical therapy or perhaps require more advanced surgery to promote optimum healing. In any case, the dedicated sports medicine physicians at Southern California Orthopedic Institute will focus their years of knowledge and expertise toward getting you back to your game.
The multidisciplinary pediatric orthopedic team at AASTHA provides state of the art care for the special needs of children, adolescents and their families. Our highly trained physicians specialize in the treatment of fractures and orthopedic-related diseases in children. At Southern California Orthopedic Institute, we emphasize family-centered care and understand the importance of quickly returning children to their normal lives. Among the common pediatric orthopedic conditions treated at AASTHA are sports-related injuries, bone deformities, hip problems, leg-length differences, fractures, bone infections, scoliosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, clubfoot, Sever's disease, and other congenital and developmental conditions.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic surgery is the medical specialty that uses a number of surgical and non-surgical techniques to change the appearance and function of the human body. Plastic surgery procedures include both cosmetic enhancements as well as functionally reconstructive operations. Reconstructive plastic surgery is usually performed to improve function, but it may be done to approximate a normal appearance. Most procedures involve both aesthetic as well as functional aspects.
The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Southern California Orthopedic Institute provides our patients with a full complement of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical options. We are proud of the fact that our surgeons are among the best in the country, and offer the finest treatment available, paired with compassionate and extensive patient care, for a range of procedures. We are true leaders in our field, constantly developing and adapting new techniques and technologies that produce excellent outcomes for our patients.
Accidents can happen at any time. For that reason, Southern California Orthopedic Institute has developed a complete and readily accessible Orthopedic Trauma Program that specializes in the treatment of patients who incur multiple injuries or who have complex bone fractures. Under the expert guidance of our Orthopedic Trauma Program offers unparalleled, comprehensive services designed to bring immediate solutions to orthopedic problems including fractures, nonunions and malunions. Many leading-edge surgical techniques are utilized in the treatment of trauma patients, including minimally invasive surgery, advanced external fixation, and the use of bone graft substitutes and bone-fusing protein. The goal at Southern California Orthopedic Institute’s Orthopedic Trauma Program is to provide all trauma victims with the most advanced techniques for the best treatment and care available. Rest assured that Dr. Wiss and his staff are dedicated to restoring function to the fullest extent possible.
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